Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card is believed to have been designed in England in the early 1840s.  Within a couple of decades the Christmas card was fairly common.  I enjoy sending and receiving cards, which usually start to arrive from distant relatives in late November.

How do you like to display your cards?  Sometimes I tape Christmas cards around a doorway so they can be admired each time I walk into the room.

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It’s fun to open Christmas cards as a family and take turns reading the messages aloud.

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Write your cards with a festive red or green pen.

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Use special holiday postage stamps on your envelopes.

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It’s fun to save the cards each year and reinvent them into lovely craft items.  Several people that receive hubby’s cross-stitch cards have told me that they display them year after year.  Maybe one year I’ll have time to make handmade paper art cards, but I’ll always try to make time to send cards each Christmas.

 

6 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

These are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I love Xstitch... How LUCKY everyone on your list is!!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Hugs to you,
Donna

Marilyn said...

Love your husbands embroidered cards. Wow, if I got something like that in the mail I will frame it and enjoy it all year round.

mo said...

Snowman looks wonderful on your lovely blog. Thank you for visiting Rose Petals from Heaven. Your advice about Christmas cards is correct. They are slowly becoming a thing of the past. (in lieu of ecards) *hugs*

Angela McRae said...

These are just lovely, and a hand-stitched card is a gift in itself! Also, I have to say my tea-themed cards from ParTea Gentleman are absolutely my favorites!!!

Lisa Leggett said...

Your hubby's cards are just fantastic! I especially love the one of Santa & Mrs. Claus. I would be absolutly gobsmacked to receive on of those in the mail, and I would definitely display it year after year! I display my Christmas cards in a small red, enamel bucket that is painted with white snoflakes. I set it under the tree each year as each card is a gift. Truly, I love each and every one.

Merry Christmas!

Marianne C. said...

Your blog is delightful! I have to agree...your husband's needlepoint cards are a treasure and I can understand them being displayed for years to come.

Your tea cups are beautiful. I have always secretly loved tea parties, and when a friend invited me to one it was a fantasy come true - simple, but elegant. I was so delighted that I included tea parties in a fairy series I create.

Thank you for sharing...
Marianne

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